The territory of what is now Zambia was known as Northern Rhodesia from 1911. It was renamed Zambia at independence in 1964. The new name of Zambia was derived from the Zambezi river (Zambezi may mean "River of God").
- The capital and main city is Lusaka
- The official language is English
- Area: 290,587 sq mi (approx. three times the size of the State of Michigan)
- Population approx. 16.5 millions in 2016
- Climate: The country is classified as humid subtropical or tropical wet and dry, with small stretches of semi-arid steppe climate in the south-west and along the Zambezi valley.
Fun Fact: "Victoria Falls," one of the 7 Wonders of the World, are at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Main Research Themes
- Agrifood System Transformation
- Climate Change
- Input Use and Market Development
- Policy Research and Capacity Building
- Training and Capacity Building
- Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship
Publications and Presentations
Webinar Recording: The Rise of Medium-scale Farms in Africa
Published on May 23, 2017
Thomas Jayne, CGIAR Research Programs on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM), May 23, 2017
Incentivizing Unsustainable Intensification? Evidence from Zambia's Input Subsidy Program
Published on April 21, 2017
Stephen N. Morgan, Nicole M. Mason, N. Kendra Levine,and Olipa Zulu-Mbata, Madison, WI, April 21, 2017
The Effects of Kenya's ‘Smarter’ Input Subsidy Programme on Smallholder Behaviour and Incomes: Do Different Quasi‐experimental Approaches Lead to the Same Conclusions?
Published on February 1, 2017
Mason, N. M., Wineman, A. , Kirimi, L. and Mather, D. (2017), The Effects of Kenya's ‘Smarter’ Input Subsidy Programme on Smallholder Behaviour and Incomes: Do Different Quasi‐experimental Approaches Lead to the Same Conclusions?. J Agric Econ, 68: 45-69
The Rise of Medium-Scale Farms in Africa
Published on January 31, 2017
Thom Jayne, Milu Muyanga, Saweda Liverpool-Tasie, Titus Awokuse, Presentation at the Agricultural Policy Research in Africa Consortium Inception Workshop, Institute for Development Studies (IDS), Sussex, UK, January 31, 2017
The Geography of Zambia’s Customary Land: Assessing the Prospects for Smallholder Development
Published on December 1, 2016
Sitko, N. J., & Chamberlin, J. 2016. The Geography of Zambia’s Customary Land: Assessing the Prospects for Smallholder Development, Land Use Policy, 2016, Volume 55, 49-60
MSU Foundation Professor emeritus
Associate Chairperson, Graduate Program Director, and Associate Professor